Milan midfielder Rade Krunic limped off the pitch during Saturday’s narrow 1-0 home victory over Hellas Verona. According to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Bosnia and Herzegovina international underwent further scans to determine the extent of the injury, and the results aren’t positive.
Indeed, it looks like Krunic could stay on the sidelines for up to a month due to a muscle problem. It’s the last thing Stefano Pioli needed ahead of a hectic fixture schedule lying ahead of Milan. Between now and October’s international break, Rossoneri will contest three games in Serie A and travel to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
While matches against newly-promoted Cagliari and Genoa look straightforward, at least on paper, those fixtures never are. But while Milan should have the upper hand in both match-ups, they could desperately lack Krunic for Lazio’s visit, which falls on September 30. That’s not to mention a daunting-looking trip to Signal Iduna Park.
Krunic has grown vital to Pioli’s setup this season. He didn’t miss a minute of top-flight action this season before succumbing to an injury yesterday. His absence will force Milan to either consider changing formation or giving a chance to forgotten Yacine Adli to showcase his talents.
Milan will tackle Cagliari away from home on Wednesday. It could be an opportunity for Adli to make a rare Serie A start. If Pioli decides against playing the Frenchman, it’s possible Rossoneri could revert to 4-2-3-1, with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Tijjani Reijnders in the double-pivot.
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